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My Coworker And I Turned Boring School Hallways Into Hogwarts
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My Coworker And I Turned Boring School Hallways Into Hogwarts

Last year, my coworker and I at Parkside School decided to try theming our classrooms like Hogwarts houses from the Harry Potter series. It went over so well with our students that we decided to take it a step further this year and Harry Potter theme our whole hallway. We hired a local artist to paint wall murals and added three-dimensional elements to give our students a totally immersive experience. We now have transformed our entire 7th and 8th-grade school hallway so that our students will feel like they are walking the halls of Hogwarts castle.

Other than the murals, the transformation has been done by the two of us with inexpensive materials and donated items. Since transforming the rooms into those from Hogwarts school last year, we have had a huge decrease in student discipline referrals and an increased interest among our middle school students in reading and discussing books.

Parkside is a K-8th grade school in rural Cullman County, Alabama. It is a title one school in an economically depressed area. The project was done completely with funds raised by our 5K race and out of teachers’ own pockets. I have no idea how many hours we have spent on it-definitely in the hundreds by now! Our principal has been very supportive of our ideas and allowing us to do this project.

Ravenclaw Classroom Entrance

Slytherin Classroom Entrance

Gryffindor Classroom Entrance (Hagrid’s Hut)

Hufflepuff Classroom Entrance

Platform 9 3/4

Whomping Willow and part of the Forbidden Forest

Dementor in the Hallway

Ravenclaw Common Room/English Lang. Arts Classroom

Details inside Slytherin Classroom

These teachers turned their boring school hallway into Hogwarts!

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Kelly
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4 years ago

Education is for sure more interesting with this project, and you did a good job!

K. LNU
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! All donated time and money! I do hope the kids at this school appreciated what their teachers did for them! Of course that sets the bar pretty high for this coming school year! lol

Heather Vance
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow Vonskippy needs a hug stat! How are they morons because they tried to do something great for their students? I'm not even a harry potter fanatic and I love this idea. And you should check your facts because every store I've ever been in has Harry Potter birthday stuff. You need a xanax and a hug.

Xiaolaohu
Community Member
4 years ago

Forgetting the harry potter tie ins which I love, cause its HARRY POTTER, I seriously love the idea of this non traditional classroom with comfy seating and big tables to work at, learning as a school family instead of a classroom, with straight rows of chairs, though I would provide a couple of single desks for those who need them, my babushka had a flex. seating classroom, and he liked his own desk, own boundaries.

Debster
Community Member
4 years ago

Sooooo cool!!!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 years ago

Clever, making it so kids like going to school. Such a good idea, though I wonder what other books could have been used?

Andrea Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

JK would not only be impressed she would back this 100%!

Cherie O
Community Member
4 years ago

I am very impressed. The Slytherin classroom is amazing.

weatherwitch
Community Member
4 years ago

This is superb!! The teachers who did this are absolutely fantastic!!

Night Owl
Community Member
4 years ago

The best environment for studying.

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

I LOVE this!

Eunice Probert
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic! JK Rowling would love this as she's keen on anything that helps literacy.

Marissa Hattingh
Community Member
4 years ago

This is excellent

Margaret Jenkins
Community Member
4 years ago

That is amazing! I bet the children love it. J K Rowling is a genius

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
4 years ago

It never occurred to me before how sterile our educational environments are. Of course, adding color, texture, interesting things to see have added to the student's ability to sit and learn. How could it not?

Skylar Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish I went to this school as a child!

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
4 years ago

"Wow! I can't believe we get to attend Hogwarts! I can't wait for Potions class!" "Welcome to double AP Calculus!" "Bah! Swindled!"

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

Great idea! I just hope they don't get pushback from the religious right in Alabma. Many fundamentalists think Harry Potter books are evil, magic & all.

BlackLabOwner
Community Member
1 year ago

Slytherin!! beautiful

Kururi.Orihara
Community Member
4 years ago

I must go to this school, it's so awesome!

Zoe Drake
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish I had this when I was at school!

Liz Karsa
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh man this is awesome!

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

They did a FANTASTIC job! Can you imagine how thrilled the kids will be? Some questions pop into my mind: This is for a jr. high school? I thought it was K-6 or so. What if some kids *hate* HP? I know if I was a kid, and this was something I didn't like, such as Star Wars, I'd be furious to have to look at all of the SW themed stuff I disliked so much. *Just an example, I don't mind SW at all. What happens when HP goes out of style? (Can that happen?! No, LOL!) And there is always one bad kid in the school who is going to destroy or steal something. Like those wands. Every kid will be trying to get one! Or something else. Hope not, the teachers and artists did an amazing job! I'm certainly NOT putting any of this down, just wondering if anyone else had the same questions that ran through my mid. Would love to hear some feedback. Kudos to the school, and the crew for investing so much time and money, I'm sure, into this. It's wonderful!

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

OK it was 9 and three quaters - it was great that King's Cross are cashing in on it

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

Was it platform two and the quarters at Kings Cross - been there but never read the book

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

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Paul Dixon
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4 years ago

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Looks horrible. Also, what if the kids don't like Harry Potter? I thought teachers were overworked and underpaid. Hmmm

Vonskippy
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4 years ago

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What a bunch of morons - did anyone in charge of the school think to check out the licensing restrictions for the Harry Potter Brand. Since Warner Brothers have been known to sue birthday parties that copy the Harry Potter theme do you really think they're going to be ok with a whole school copying it? Better have another 5K run to raise money to UNDO all of that license infringement.

Kelly
Community Member
4 years ago

Education is for sure more interesting with this project, and you did a good job!

K. LNU
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow! All donated time and money! I do hope the kids at this school appreciated what their teachers did for them! Of course that sets the bar pretty high for this coming school year! lol

Heather Vance
Community Member
4 years ago

Wow Vonskippy needs a hug stat! How are they morons because they tried to do something great for their students? I'm not even a harry potter fanatic and I love this idea. And you should check your facts because every store I've ever been in has Harry Potter birthday stuff. You need a xanax and a hug.

Xiaolaohu
Community Member
4 years ago

Forgetting the harry potter tie ins which I love, cause its HARRY POTTER, I seriously love the idea of this non traditional classroom with comfy seating and big tables to work at, learning as a school family instead of a classroom, with straight rows of chairs, though I would provide a couple of single desks for those who need them, my babushka had a flex. seating classroom, and he liked his own desk, own boundaries.

Debster
Community Member
4 years ago

Sooooo cool!!!

Ruth Beaty
Community Member
4 years ago

Clever, making it so kids like going to school. Such a good idea, though I wonder what other books could have been used?

Andrea Jones
Community Member
4 years ago

JK would not only be impressed she would back this 100%!

Cherie O
Community Member
4 years ago

I am very impressed. The Slytherin classroom is amazing.

weatherwitch
Community Member
4 years ago

This is superb!! The teachers who did this are absolutely fantastic!!

Night Owl
Community Member
4 years ago

The best environment for studying.

Rebekah
Community Member
4 years ago

I LOVE this!

Eunice Probert
Community Member
4 years ago

Fantastic! JK Rowling would love this as she's keen on anything that helps literacy.

Marissa Hattingh
Community Member
4 years ago

This is excellent

Margaret Jenkins
Community Member
4 years ago

That is amazing! I bet the children love it. J K Rowling is a genius

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
4 years ago

It never occurred to me before how sterile our educational environments are. Of course, adding color, texture, interesting things to see have added to the student's ability to sit and learn. How could it not?

Skylar Rowe
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish I went to this school as a child!

Ryo Bakura
Community Member
4 years ago

"Wow! I can't believe we get to attend Hogwarts! I can't wait for Potions class!" "Welcome to double AP Calculus!" "Bah! Swindled!"

Suzi Gauthier
Community Member
4 years ago

Great idea! I just hope they don't get pushback from the religious right in Alabma. Many fundamentalists think Harry Potter books are evil, magic & all.

BlackLabOwner
Community Member
1 year ago

Slytherin!! beautiful

Kururi.Orihara
Community Member
4 years ago

I must go to this school, it's so awesome!

Zoe Drake
Community Member
4 years ago

I wish I had this when I was at school!

Liz Karsa
Community Member
4 years ago

Oh man this is awesome!

Molly Block
Community Member
4 years ago

They did a FANTASTIC job! Can you imagine how thrilled the kids will be? Some questions pop into my mind: This is for a jr. high school? I thought it was K-6 or so. What if some kids *hate* HP? I know if I was a kid, and this was something I didn't like, such as Star Wars, I'd be furious to have to look at all of the SW themed stuff I disliked so much. *Just an example, I don't mind SW at all. What happens when HP goes out of style? (Can that happen?! No, LOL!) And there is always one bad kid in the school who is going to destroy or steal something. Like those wands. Every kid will be trying to get one! Or something else. Hope not, the teachers and artists did an amazing job! I'm certainly NOT putting any of this down, just wondering if anyone else had the same questions that ran through my mid. Would love to hear some feedback. Kudos to the school, and the crew for investing so much time and money, I'm sure, into this. It's wonderful!

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

OK it was 9 and three quaters - it was great that King's Cross are cashing in on it

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

Was it platform two and the quarters at Kings Cross - been there but never read the book

diane a
Community Member
4 years ago

three

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Paul Dixon
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

Looks horrible. Also, what if the kids don't like Harry Potter? I thought teachers were overworked and underpaid. Hmmm

Vonskippy
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

What a bunch of morons - did anyone in charge of the school think to check out the licensing restrictions for the Harry Potter Brand. Since Warner Brothers have been known to sue birthday parties that copy the Harry Potter theme do you really think they're going to be ok with a whole school copying it? Better have another 5K run to raise money to UNDO all of that license infringement.

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